Room for All National Gathering
Room for All is an organization that is compelled by the inclusive love of God revealed in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Spirit, with a commitment to welcome and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies, while pursuing grace-filled dialogue with those who believe differently. I’m also happy to say that RfA is an organization which our Benevolence Committee supports.
Last week, I along with a WECC parishioner, made our way to Michigan to attend the Room for All National Gathering. We met LGBTQ Christians and allies that live across the USA and are connected with the Reformed Church in America. We worshipped together, we broke bread together, and we attended workshops that encouraged our soul. The conference was filled with story telling of what it looks like to be an LGBTQ Christian. I overheard someone say the conference was “soul food” – I like that!
On a regular basis I have conversations with people seeking spiritual guidance as they desire to integrate their sexual/gender identity with their faith commitment. Some of these conversations are hard as people express how their families and/or churches have turned their back on them. When I hear this heartbreaking news I am reminded how thankful to God that Room for All exists. I’m proud that West End Collegiate Church is a house of worship where people of diverse sexual identities and gender expressions can worship and love God. Praise be to our good God!